How to Deal With an Off-Center Junction Box
Got a junction box that's a little off? Our lighting expert offers multiple solutions.
 
I can’t find lighting for over my oval dining table. The junction box is 16 inches off the side of the table and can’t be moved because the ceiling is concrete.  

Yes, you do have a bit of the situation there. But fear not, there is an answer at hand … actually, four answers:

1. Look for a linear fixture that has two feed points. Only one of them needs to go over the existing junction box. The other helps position the fixture over the table. 

 

2. Look for a fixture with a very large or rectangular canopy. Or for a standard-canopy fixture, use a ceiling medallion in a 32-inch to 36-inch diameter. 

 

3. Create an oval floating ceiling that is the same size or slightly smaller in dimension as the table. This could be made of MDF (medium-density fibreboard). It would hide the wiring coming from the original junction box, allowing new wiring to run to the center of the floating ceiling where the new pendant would be positioned. You could also run a perimeter of rope light along the top of the suspended ceiling, creating a soft glow and unifying this element to the original ceiling. 

 

4. How about just moving the table over 16 inches?

 

Randall Whitehead, IALD

Randall Whitehead, IALD, is a professional lighting designer and author. His books include "Residential Lighting, A Practical Guide." Whitehead has worked on projects worldwide, appeared on the Discovery Channel, HGTV and CNN, and he is regular guest on Martha Stewart Living Radio. Visit his website www.randallwhitehead.com for more information on books, upcoming seminars and the latest lighting trends.

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